Object Lessons, Topical Curriculum

Get the Right Tool for the Job

Needed: Several nails, one 2×6 board at least 4' long, and several tools like a hammer, screwdriver, spoon, hairbrush, etc.

Introduction: “Sometimes in life we go to the wrong place for solutions. In those cases, we usually fail because we use the wrong method to accomplish something. I need a few volunteers …”

Pull out a board with several nails sticking out of it. Allow students (1 at a time) to drive nails into the board with tools you select for them. Give the first student a hairbrush, the next a spoon, a screwdriver, etc. Obviously save the hammer for last. Ask them why using the hairbrush, spoon, or screwdriver isn't working. Close the illustration by saying, “It doesn’t make sense to use the wrong tool for driving nails! Nor does it make sense to seek out the wrong sources for wisdom.”

Introduce the Topic: Many times we go to the wrong sources for wisdom (friends, un-churched family, etc.). We need to rely on the Word of God, prayer, our pastors and those with an understanding of God. These are the “tools” God has given us with which to find true wisdom in life.

Added by Alan Lay


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.


  1. Lonnie Maley
    September 16, 2011 at 12:00 am

    This is a great lesson for 5th quarter type atmosphere! SImple and to the point. Thanks

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